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Two Timer   By: (1906-1972)

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Two Timer by Fredric Brown is a remarkable piece of crime fiction that truly lives up to its genre. Packed with suspense, mystery, and unexpected twists, this novel takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the mind of a cunning murderer.

From the very first pages, Brown manages to capture the attention of the reader with a gripping opening scene that sets the tone for the rest of the book. The story follows the life of Bart Dyson, a charismatic yet enigmatic character who is quickly revealed as a serial killer. Brown skillfully weaves together multiple narratives, taking the reader through a series of intricate and suspenseful plotlines, all leading to the ultimate revelation of the identity of the murderer.

One of the highlights of Two Timer is the strong characterization that Brown employs. Each character, from the cunning protagonist to the innocent victims, is intricately developed with their own distinct personalities and motives. As the story progresses, readers will find themselves experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from empathy for the victims to a morbid fascination with the mind of the killer.

Brown's writing style is concise and to the point, creating an atmosphere of urgency and tension throughout the narrative. His ability to convey the complex emotions and thoughts of the characters through vivid descriptions and dialogue is commendable. The author's attention to detail is particularly noteworthy, as it allows the reader to immerse themselves fully in the world of the story, making it feel both authentic and chilling.

The pacing of the book is relentless, with each chapter ending on a cliffhanger that compels the reader to continue on. Brown keeps the suspense high by introducing unexpected plot twists and surprises, making it nearly impossible to predict how the story will unfold. This element of surprise keeps the reader engaged and invested in the outcome of the narrative.

In conclusion, Two Timer is a masterfully crafted crime novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Brown's exceptional storytelling, well-developed characters, and nail-biting suspense make this book a must-read for fans of the genre. If you enjoy thrillers that delve into the mind of a killer and keep you guessing until the very last page, this book is for you.

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Two Timer


Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!

Illustrated by STONE



"The first time machine, gentlemen," Professor Johnson proudly informed his two colleagues. "True, it is a small scale experimental model. It will operate only on objects weighing less than three pounds, five ounces and for distances into the past and future of twelve minutes or less. But it works."

The small scale model looked like a small scale a postage scale except for two dials in the part under the platform.

Professor Johnson held up a small metal cube. "Our experimental object," he said, "is a brass cube weighing one pound, two point three ounces. First, I shall send it five minutes into the future."

He leaned forward and set one of the dials on the time machine. "Look at your watches," he said.

They looked at their watches. Professor Johnson placed the cube gently on the machine's platform. It vanished.

Five minutes later, to the second, it reappeared.

Professor Johnson picked it up. "Now five minutes into the past." He set the other dial. Holding the cube in his hand he looked at his watch. "It is six minutes before three o'clock. I shall now activate the mechanism by placing the cube on the platform at exactly three o'clock... Continue reading book >>

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